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Twisters of Canberra!

By johnboy 6 April 2009 48

[First filed: April 05, 2009 @ 09:16]

“Notbothered” has sent in these pictures with the following note:

    No story, just a pic of a whirlwind at one of the new subdivisions in Canberra, thought it was a cool pic!

    They happen fairly regularly, but haven’t seen one this big 🙂

I’ve asked for details about which subdivision it was and will let you know when I know.


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ant 8:48 pm 07 Apr 09

notbothered said :

F**k my dodgy spelling

You mis-spelled “F**k”, too.

notbothered 8:14 pm 07 Apr 09

F**k my dodgy spelling

notbothered 8:13 pm 07 Apr 09

Yes, it was taken with a camera phone, handy things that they are 🙂 it has also been cropped as there was a fair bit of sky above the cloud. It was taken from about 200m away. I know alot of the newer suburbs are trying to keeps as many of the established trees as the can, but…. they’re creating a suburb. Not the best excuse I know but people will buy the houses that get put there.

peterh 2:41 pm 07 Apr 09

maybe this will create the impression in the ACT govt that gungahlin needs more nature areas, with a heap of trees?

p1 1:12 pm 07 Apr 09

If you wanted to hide “shopping” then after cloning, duplicating, and merging of masks has been done, you then convert it to low resolution to hide any small tell-tale discrepancies.

Might be quicker to just go out and take a photo…

Pommy bastard 12:01 pm 07 Apr 09

If you wanted to hide “shopping” then after cloning, duplicating, and merging of masks has been done, you then convert it to low resolution to hide any small tell-tale discrepancies.

‘taint no big thing though

deezagood 11:37 am 07 Apr 09

Gosh, much ado about some cool pics – ‘notbothered’ is probably wishing that s/he hadn’t bothered…..

peterh 11:13 am 07 Apr 09

Pommy bastard said :

If the image were higher resolution any photoshopping could be more easily detected. I’m erring on the side of a shopped image.

err away. you are wrong. a shopped image would have more blur, unless you went to pixel level. waste of time for one willy willy. Looks as if it was taken by a phone camera. the distinctive pixelation at the front of the photo gives it away as a low res shot.

Pommy bastard 10:09 am 07 Apr 09

If the image were higher resolution any photoshopping could be more easily detected. I’m erring on the side of a shopped image.

p1 9:13 am 07 Apr 09

Looks pretty real to me.

Camera phone, or small bit cropped out of a larger photo?

Hells_Bells74 8:22 am 07 Apr 09

Gerry-Built said :

I saw a similar one (probably larger) down near Coppins Crossing just after the Canberra Bushfires in 2003. In a stark, devoid landscape, the blackened dust being blown made an amazing sight – wish I’d had a camera with me then!!! A large number of cars had stopped to watch the spectacle…

Living near plenty of new developments, these things certainly happen – though one as big as that pictured is certainly noteworthy enough to capture on camera [and post on RiotACT]… well done “Notbothered”

+1

Gerry-Built 12:29 am 07 Apr 09

I saw a similar one (probably larger) down near Coppins Crossing just after the Canberra Bushfires in 2003. In a stark, devoid landscape, the blackened dust being blown made an amazing sight – wish I’d had a camera with me then!!! A large number of cars had stopped to watch the spectacle…

Living near plenty of new developments, these things certainly happen – though one as big as that pictured is certainly noteworthy enough to capture on camera [and post on RiotACT]… well done “Notbothered”

You 6:41 pm 06 Apr 09

Why would anyone bother faking a picture of a willy-willy in a Canberra suburb? If you were going to go out of your way to fake something, you might aswell make it look dramatic.

If you take into account the perspective of the shot, and the fact that the base of the willy-willy happens to be right on or behind that tree line, that would mean the cloud would have to be incredibly low and incredibly small.

It’s not fake, and I really don’t know why anyone would think it is.

chewy14 4:59 pm 06 Apr 09

Trees and buildings increase the overall roughness of the ground, lowering the airflow available. Because they feed on hot air updrafts, trees and buildings lower the chance of them occuring.

notbothered 4:47 pm 06 Apr 09

True true, the dust makes them alot easier to see but trees would act as a wind breaker wouldn’t they?!

johnboy 4:44 pm 06 Apr 09

They could happen anywhere, without the dust you won’t even realise it’s there.

peterh 4:42 pm 06 Apr 09

notbothered said :

Trees would probably stop them happening so frequently but unfortunately with new suburbs a lot of trees get ripped up, I’m not sure if new suburbs elswhere get them as well, or if it is localised to gungahlin.

I hadn’t noticed any out in tuggeranong, which is why I was curious. Also, if there was an increase the numbers of wooded areas in gungahlin, would this have a positive effect on this kind of natural occurence?

notbothered 4:36 pm 06 Apr 09

Trees would probably stop them happening so frequently but unfortunately with new suburbs a lot of trees get ripped up, I’m not sure if new suburbs elswhere get them as well, or if it is localised to gungahlin.

peterh 4:03 pm 06 Apr 09

notbothered said :

it looks fake because theres a cloud in the pic, it has not come from the cloud, it was just good positioning. Plenty of Gungahlin residents can vouch for the fact that they happen fairly frequently and even more workers on the Job site will tell you.

would trees reduce the effect, or is it due to the wide open spaces of gungahlin?

notbothered 3:38 pm 06 Apr 09

it looks fake because theres a cloud in the pic, it has not come from the cloud, it was just good positioning. Plenty of Gungahlin residents can vouch for the fact that they happen fairly frequently and even more workers on the Job site will tell you.

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